Dumais, Houston claim titles at 2012 AT&T National Diving Championships
Aug. 18, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Incoming University of Texas freshman Meghan Houston won her third U.S. national title in two weeks, while Texas-Ex Troy Dumais claimed the men’s three-meter event Saturday at the 2012 AT&T National Diving Championships.
Houston (Austin, Texas) teamed up with University of Georgia junior diver Laura Ryan to win the three-meter synchronized diving event with 309.30 points. The pair scored well on its first two dives that merited a 2.0 D.D. (degree of difficulty) and continued to thrive in their next three dives, all at a 3.0 D.D. Houston and Ryan scored a meet-best 71.10 points on their third dive, a forward two-and-a-half somersault with one twist.
Houston, who will enroll at UT later this month, is enjoying a productive summer. Houston won the three-meter synchronized diving title on Aug. 5 at the U.S. Junior National Championships. She won the second of her three titles on Aug. 14 when she won the one-meter event at the AT&T National Diving Championships.
“Meghan wrapped up her summer season with another strong finish,” UT diving coach Matt Scoggin said. “After making the U.S. Olympic Trials finals in June, she went on to win a junior national title and two senior national titles. Meghan is an all-around athlete who loves to compete. The Longhorns are looking forward to Meghan joining the team this fall.”
About two weeks after winning bronze in the three-meter synchronized diving event at the London Olympics, Dumais returned to the United States and won the men’s three-meter event Saturday in Greensboro.
Dumais, who placed fifth in the three-meter in London, won the contest with 511.70 points. He outdistanced his nearest competitor, brother and former Longhorn Justin Dumais, by over 40 points. Troy Dumais took the lead for good by way of his fourth dive, a difficult reverse three-and-a-half somersault that yielded 99.75 points. Dwight Dumais, the younger brother of Troy and Justin who trains under Scoggin at Longhorn Aquatics, placed fifth.